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Rank1 out of 23 attractions in Canacona
It is beach located in Canacona, Goa and is quite untouched by tourists, it is inhabited by foreign tourists and local fishermen and is about 1.60kms in length and was also showcased in the movie The Bourne Supremacy.
Places to stay near Palolem Beach
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After spending some time there, we started heading towards Palolem beach. Palolem beach is at a distance of about 12 km from Cola and ranked as one of the top beaches in Asia. The beach mainly attracts the locals and foreign tourists who stay in shacks which are near the village road which leads to this village. There are a number of shacks around this beach and a small market place from where you can shop souvenirs and other small things. On reaching, we had our breakfast in one of the shacks around the place. After having breakfast we headed straight for the beach. Palolem has one of the cleanest coastlines in the entirety of Goa and we witnessed just that as we entered the sands near the beach. It's a crescent shaped coastline with calm waters and a clean beach. A variety of water sports are also organized at this beach. You can try one of those at nominal prices. We went in peak season, so naturally the crowd as well the cost of trying out any water sport was unreasonable.
47. Palolem BeachOne of the most beautiful beaches of South Goa, Palolem beach provides long white sand stretch, palm groves and shacks. Ideal for swimming and sea bath, some water sports including kayaking can also be done here.
51. Polem BeachThe extreme South Goa beach is alternate to Palolem beach though much quite and calm than its earlier counterpart.
At 8:30 pm i happened to check my phone for weather and tides ,and I saw them mentioning a high tide at 10:45 pm . Now that was something I didn't want to miss. So I waited ! By 10 pm I could see the tides rising and covering almost entire beach reaching up to steps of the shack , I knew I was in for a treat . The dogs on the beach were running for a safer higher place , and about 10 of them seated near my spot thinking I might be their Messiah and will rescue you them . Well at 10:45 , as predicted , I saw the highest tide at Palolem beach ever , It washed even the steps of the shack, I knew it was now time to head back before I am left with no walking space back to my car.
2 pm : I left for Palolem beach , out of 50 shacks on that beach, only 2 were open during this monsoon season , leaving me not much choice but to go to either of them , and due to monopoly these shacks will burn a hole in your pocket.But .... you know what made up for this , a beautiful clean beach with only about 20-30 people walking on the shoreline .4 pm : I made my way to the sea , enjoying a clear sky, lovely sea , no crowd , and swaying coconut trees in far distance, I was sure falling in love all over again with this new Goa . But wait, it is India !! suddenly I find 5 young men , trying to follow me wherever I moved to in the sea . Can you believe it ? Not even the sea is safe for women or what ? Well I tried to ignore them , after 30 minutes of them trying hard to get my attention , I decided to head out to complain against them to the life guards , to my surprise as I was heading out the sea, a police man was heading towards me , and without me saying anything he said " Are they disturbing you? " , And i responded "yes" , he said " We were noticing from the life guard booth , that's why I came now " . He immediately asked all 5 perverts to get out of the sea and leave the beach immediately, but he didn't let them go without a good thrashing !!! Later I thanked life-guards and police guy with some chocolates . My faith in Goa Police was restored ! 6 pm - time to head back to the house . Dinner at home ( since not much option to party in Goa in this season ) So tip for party animals : Don't come to Goa in monsoons . Nature lovers , you have to go to Goa during this time . It is as raw and fresh as it can get .Day 2 : I was told about various huge waterfalls in the South Goa region which are on their full roar during monsoon .
After visiting most of the famous beaches of Goa, and then moving further to Chorla Ghats, we knew we wanted to discover some mystical yet legendary spot. A secluded beach that offered a peep into the wildlife was going to be just the ideal thing, and we decided to leave for Butterfly beach(an undiscovered beach) but when we were about 10 kms away, we got to know that the difficulty in the way would prevent us to get there on time, and hence we decided to visit the Palolem beach which was beautiful too.The beer shop outside the beach just came handy, and the shacks were too peaceful to enjoy the tides hitting the shores.Goa has a whole different world to offer you, if you get there and respect each and every intricate detail of the spot and the local residents along with building a connect that would enable you to explore the best sand and best delicacies of the state. GO AND GET IMMERSED INTO THE BOHEMIAN SPIRIT OF GOA.
Palolem Beach, Butterfly beach, Honeymoon beach.We woke up with the sound of beach and opening our eyes we saw infinity view of beach. You will feel like heaven for sure. This is why I am insisting on staying in a sea facing shack. After a small walk along the beach we went to Palolem beach for breakfast. There are may options there but we tried at Carins. It is a good choice for breakfast. After breakfast we sat on a sea shack and then got ready for boat ride to Honeymoon beaach and butterfly beach. This is best for sunset. After this we again went to Agonda beach and had dinner. For dinner you can also try some options at Palolem.
Palolem beach is very less crowded compared to the standard north Goa beaches.Hence,the peace, the serenity,blue waters,blue sky...everything is mesmerizing. We had spent last 2 days just at the beach doing swimming,roaming around,boozing,relaxing.The beach is too lazy to motivate you to go out of the beach area.The beach is ideal for kayaking and many people were indulged in that activity.There are plenty of places on the beach where silent parties are held. Unfortunately, due to elections everything was closed.
Day 3:The next day we bid adieu to north Goa and rented a cab to head towards Palolem beach.Cabs in Goa are absolutely ruthlessly costly and it costed me as much as 2200 Rs to reach Palolem. Another way to reach Palolem from Candolim is to use local bus of the following route -Candolim-->Panjim-->Madgaon-->Palolem .And what can I say about the beach :) :) .........it's perhaps the best beach in Goa in terms of serenity and beauty.We booked our hotel in Neptune Point beach Resort which is right in the centre of Palolem beach and on the sea coast.The best part about staying at a beach shack is you eat,swim,relax,booze repeat.
Next day enjoy the Dolphins & Butterfly beach by boat in the morning Plus Kayaking.
Located far away from the crowded north, South Goa beaches are serene. Walk by the Palolem beach in the evening to watch the sunset, with a sky full of shades of beautiful pink, and a cold and calm sea
After breakfast at Agonda we took an auto to Palolem where we checked into the beach huts that I stay at every time I go there. We went on to the beach for lunch and and spent an idle afternoon taking dips and getting drunk. The evening was spent at the Palolem market shopping for trinkets before heading to the beach for a candlelit dinner and live music.
We reached Palolem around 9.30Pm and the owner of the stay accompanied to the sea view cottage.We have planned a surprise to our friend Dheeraj whose birthday was on next day.I have arranged a cake to our voyager . He was really surprised and never expected as we have never cut a cake since last nine years .You may think what best friends we are, not even cut a single cake since nine years ,may be we feel awkward singing birthday song and feeding a cake because we never used to. But this was the first time a birthday of a voyager and a trip coincide that too in Goa.
Amazing Palolem Beach get a hut on beach side for stay for 2 nights. Plan Palolem on Friday because............its Leopard Valley night.
One of the most picture-perfect beaches in south Goa, Palolem is where you'll get those great "Goa clicks". Palm trees line the sand and classy timber huts offer food and accommodation. It makes for a great family destination, as the beach is guarded and thus super safe for swimming and kayaking. Many kinds of recreational classes such as yoga and cooking are also held nearby; ask locals for more information.
The town itself is a typical beach town consisting of a couple of streets filled with stalls and shops selling clothes, handicrafts and other souveniers, along with a few restaurants, a bookshop and a couple of internet cafes. There are also some places you can go for yoga classes or an ayurvedic massage, we didn't partake in these though as it's not really up my street, I don't like being mauled about and don't have the patience for yoga.
Our taxi dropped us off in Palolem after a very rainy ride from Goa airport. The second we'd left the terminal building the heavens had opened and drenched us with a deluge of warm rain. This continued for the entire hour long journey, showing no signs of letting up! We'd pre-booked four nights in Palolem Beach Resort. It probably wasn't necessary to book anywhere, but we didn't want to leave it to chace. It was the end of the Ganesh Festival (Ganesh Chathurthi) and we'd heard on the grapevine that the limited accomodation was getting booked up.. The resort was okay although a little run down, mainly beause of the off season maintenence going on, I think. Everywhere was green and lush and the usual high season throng of tourists was now depleted with just a handful of westerners, outnumbered by a slightly larger number of Indian's visiting to celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi. This meant uncrowded beaches, less traffic and lower prices etc. It also of course meant there was less accomodation and restaurants, but this didn't ruin it for us at all. It turned out to be just what we needed after a very busy few months and hectic three days in Mumbai. We were ready to relax and take it easy for a few days.
A secluded beach with stretches of white sand rocks, and a few shacks - Polem is the southernmost beach of Goa. It is often a retreat to few migratory birds and dolphins.
This gorgeous beach witnesses one of the most surreal sunsets in Goa. It exemplifies long stretch of white sand coast that is surrounded by lush palm groves. Silent night parties are often hosted on the beach, maintaining its tranquility.
Please, Please, i beg you do not miss out on South Goa, especially the beaches i have mentioned. Palolem beach is a very clean beach, full of ferries, and cheap shacks and beautiful cottages and the gateway to the hidden butterfly beach. You don't find many Indian tourists or travelers in South Goa as it is less explored and known among Indian people. The beach is filled with foreigners and the local people. The people are really chilled out and sweet in this part of Goa.Take the god damn ferry to Butterfly island or beach- the price is around 1500 INR for a ferry of 6 people we bargained and got a deal for 1200 INR. He showed us Dolphins, monkey island, honeymoon island and the beautiful butterfly island. The sea here is cleaner than most of the Indian coastline.
So in search of a new place to live, we hired a 'dio' and went off. We looked in palolem and we did find some options but by the time I really wanted to go to patnem, a smaller beach to the south of palolem. We found a good cheap accommodation here. A house right on the beach, amid the tourist huts.It was owned by a lady called Vineeta. It had a nice small room, attached kitchen, with utensils and a burner to cook on AND a porch to sit and ponder :) (So much for just Rs 550 during christmas).The lady was very nice and on asking once about the home made fish curry, made it for rupu for two days (I am a vegetarian). Now the cons of the place. The rooms are not separated from the main house i.e. these rooms are a part of big house where the rest of Vineeta's family lives. So you can hear them talk clearly and you might be afraid that you are too loud . Thats it , otherwise I loved the place. (and it had concrete unshared bathroom!).
You will have to wait for bus to arrive , but as I have mentioned that between money and time that day , I had no money and a lot of time ! Tip : the buses are those mini buses . If they do not stop , use a hand to hail them . They usually do not stop at the point themselves. So from the main bus stop I was lucky to quickly find a bus to Palolem beach directly (Rs. 30). You may have to take one to Canacona and take an auto from there to the beach (Rs 30 - 50). I decided to sleep through the 'most amazingly beautiful' way . So when I reached Palolem and opened my eyes. My Reaction was 'OMG' ! Where am I ? I mean no one told me Palolem was supposed to this beautiful . I mean good holiday spot YES. Amazing village in a corner of goa where you wan to get lost and never go back to the reality !!!After the bus drops you. Everyone goes to the beach through way 1. If you want to live cheaper , take way 2 . There is a small , non commercialized village side walk upto a turning point (do not turn right) . There ask some one for the way to the beach, they will guide you through the huts and cows and hens and cats and pigs. You will arrive at Dreamcatcher . Now this is a great place to live . A 'Gerad' offered me a room for Rs 800 (common bath) . I still wanted inexpensive one , so moved further into the zig zag what they kept calling 'towards the beach' (By the way it was good for the Christmas time !). So anyhow I finally took a hut (Rs 500 for 22 and 23 Dec each ) at a place called Sai Ganesh . It was not directly on the beach , but just 20 steps away and definitely one of the cheapest at the time on the beach (and here I talk only about palolem , not patnem, its 'sister' beach). So took the place.These were just four huts. The owners were very nice people (the female's name was Wish) and also had a utility shop at the beach. They were very warm and nice people. The man talked about the life when he was just a fisherman, when having the fish he and his father had caught was the biggest pleasure in life ! Now , yes he was earning good , but the beautiful simple life was lost. You could feel from his talking How he longed for that true and un-superficial life.Ya but the cons were , not very effectively working bathrooms (Jugaad it was !) , no doors at the bahtroom too. But this was enough to make me irritated !Anyways the beach was beautiful . And I was seeing waves after a looooong time. I observed How the waves are made ... had never done it before. Thanx for making me observe . So when rupu decided to reach the other day ,(BTW She liked the hut and loved loved the beach !) Now these few days before the Christmas Palolem was appropriately populated. Just the right amount of crowd. Have dinner at those candle lit tables,outside the shacks, facing the beach.
Now when you plan a Goa trip, the most important decision you've to make is - South Goa or North Goa. Each has its own pros and cons and finally we zeroed in on going to Palolem after plenty of discussions. They had told me about Palolem being a wonderful beach but no one told me that the Road to it would be equally exciting! Palolem lies in Canacona region of South Goa and is around 70 kms from Madgaon. Our actual Road Trip began here and the amazing voyage is still etched in my mind as if it happened yesterday! A highway with magnificent coconut trees on both sides followed by some small turns and roads in between with a puddle of water and a cool breeze constantly blowing. Ah! Delightful! One thing to keep in mind though is that on the highway, helmets are compulsory otherwise the Goan police would issue a fine.
Ciaran's, Palolem Beach- The outdoor setup there is brilliant. The cool sea breeze and the lights make a good mix of a date night. A bottle of wine and some delicious foods would be a perfect way to spend your last night there.